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Trees Communicate Underground (Here's How)

Chris Higgins

Trees communicate and trade resources using underground networks. Yes, really.

Is There Such a Thing as Not Having an Accent?

Arika Okrent

Even the staunchest dictionary-thumping pronunciation stickler has a regional inflection.

This Week's Best Amazon Deals You Can Still Get

Smart Shopping Team

As a recurring feature, we share some amazing Amazon deals we’ve turned up. These items were the ones that were the most popular with our readers this week, and they’re still available.

Mark Hamill's Original 'Star Wars' Audition

Jake Rossen

He got $1000 a week for 'Star Wars.' He's doing better now.

12 Smooth Facts About ‘The Hustler’

Eric D Snider

Pool wasn’t much of a mainstream sport back in 1961. Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason changed.

What Can Urban Wildlife Teach Us About Pollution?

Lorraine Boissoneault

Pigeons are like urban canaries in a coal mine. But they're not the only ones cluing us in.

Austrian Airline Claims to Have Launched the World's Shortest International Flight

Kirstin Fawcett

The trip from St. Gallen, Switzerland to Friedrichshafen, Germany, reportedly takes eight minutes,

Watch: What's in Toothpaste?

Chris Higgins

Abrasives, humectants, foaming agents, binders...what's all that stuff for?

Driverless Highway Lane Could Eventually Connect Vancouver and Seattle

Anna Green

A group of West Coast tech entrepreneurs want to dedicate an entire highway lane to autonomous cars.

Watch the World's Largest Elevator Carry Ships Over a Dam

Rebecca OConnell

Elevators aren't just for people.

What Are Those Tiny Spots on Apples?

Kate Horowitz

We wouldn't have apples without them.

Behold, the Live Shark Cam!

Chris Higgins

It's mostly rays, but those are cool too.

Little-Known Punctuation Marks for National Punctuation Day

Adrienne Crezo

Because sometimes periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, dashes, hyphens, apostrophes, question marks, exclamation points, quotation marks, brackets, parentheses, braces, and ellipses won't do.

Which Movie Characters Asked These Famous Questions?

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You Can Now Make a Drone With LEGOs

Caitlin Schneider

Don't worry about smashing this airborne vehicle to smithereens—you can always rebuild.